KEY POINTS

  • Osama bin Laden studied at Oxford during his college years
  • The late terrorist’s reported net worth was $100 million
  • Other members of the bin Laden family donated $2 million to Harvard University 

Osama bin Laden accumulated a net worth of around $100 million. Here’s how he became super rich. 

The bin Laden family is wealthy to begin with and it is a large clan. His father, Mohammed bin Laden, allegedly had 23 wives, per Celebrity Net Worth. Osama bin Laden inherited as much as $30 million from his father, who was a known developer in Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed bin Laden scored massive contracts from the government and became "the royal builder." At one point, Mohammed's fortunes reached $5 billion, making him one of the wealthiest persons in the country who was not a member of the royal family. 

Osama bin Laden studied at Oxford, but there were conflicting reports as to what degree he graduated in. Some reports said it was civil engineering; others claimed it was public administration.

He had his first taste of military conflict in Afghanistan when he joined the militant resistance to fight off the Soviets. In 1988, he founded the terror group called Al-Qaeda. The U.S., which was once an ally in the battle against the Soviets, became his enemy. He was forced to leave his business in Sudan which was valued at $300 million at the time. 

Osama Bin Laden (C), whose Al-Qaeda network claimed responsibility for the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam attacks, lived in Sudan for several years under president Omar al-Bashir Osama Bin Laden (C), whose Al-Qaeda network claimed responsibility for the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam attacks, lived in Sudan for several years under president Omar al-Bashir Photo: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York / HANDOUT

His family, being a wealthy clan, had been making donations to Harvard University. It is important to note that not all members of his family were affiliated with Al-Qaeda. According to The Baltimore Sun, the bin Laden family gave $2 million to Harvard for the study of Islamic Law.

Naturally, the news stirred the community. However, university spokesman Joe Wrinn clarified that the money had no ties to Osama bin Laden, nor did it come from his activities, and the relatives that donated the sum did not have any ties to terrorist groups. 

The Saudi Arabian kept himself away from the FBI and the CIA. He claimed responsibility over the September 11 attacks, as well as the Luxor massacre and various bombing incidents.

In 2011, it was reported that the most wanted terrorist was killed by a special forces team in Pakistan. The Obama administration broke the news, but skeptics claimed bin Laden was already dead years before the ambush took place. In 2012, it was ruled that no evidence proving bin Laden’s death would be revealed in public, including photos or DNA evidence. 

The terrorist’s name made headlines recently after President Donald Trump said former president Barack Obama and Joe Biden may have had a hand in the death of several SEAL team members. Trump also claimed that Osama bin Laden is still alive and that the one retrieved from the ambush in Pakistan was a body double.

Experts saw Trump’s move as an attempt to sway the views of the voters, but as a report from CNN revealed, a DNA test confirmed that it was indeed the terrorist leader who was killed in the Pakistan raid.